Alaska art advocate speaks ahead of state budget decisions

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman has expressed the industry's economic benefit ahead of Alaska's state funding decisions.

The Juneau Empire reported Thursday that chairwoman Mary Carter spoke Thursday at the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce lunch ending with her remarks about how the arts add $1.4 billion, or makes up 2.7% of Alaska's economy.

Officials say Carter avoided mentioning Alaska State Council on the Arts' uncertainty as Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to make final state budget decisions Monday after passed legislation restored many of the cuts.

Dunleavy vetoed line items equaling $444 million in reductions to Alaska's operating budget in June.

Carter says more than 11,000 people are employed in the state's art industry corresponding to about $900 million in wages.
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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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